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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 7-12-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Divided States of Hysteria #2, Golden Voices: Frank Sinatra, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #6, War for the Planet of the Apes #1, Mage: The Hero Denied #0, Groo: Play of the Gods #1, Youngblood #3, and Back Issue #98… be warned, there may be spoilers… and a mature content warning as well…

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American Politics Are Out Of This World In ‘Saucer State #1’ On The Wednesday Run

I would have thought we’d have heard something “official” about alien encounters by now.

And by “official” I mean something on social media – from the sitting President of the United States. If anyone were to read government classified material and leak it at 2 a.m. via Twitter, it would be Trump, don’t you think?

But that hasn’t happened. Yet.

Maybe he’s been too busy hiring and firing.

Maybe he’s been too busy with his own office shenanigans.

Then again, maybe that classified material we all think exists – doesn’t after all. And what a major disappointment that would be.

Still, while waiting for that late-night tweet, there’s a government-alien-conspiracy comic book we should all be reading…and the first issue of a brand new volume drops today with Saucer State #1!

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Ken Russell’s “The Devils”

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There were two disturbing films that I saw in the early 1970s. Both films were about demons. Both films scared the stuffing out of me. The Exorcist and The Devils were both controversial for their time because of the subject matter. Even though I have not watched either film since, the torture scenes from The Devils are forever seared into my mind. But as blasphemous as that film was back in the day, there were lessons to be learned. I will share them with you… if you you’re not afraid… Read the rest of this entry

Your Next AMC Series Begins With “Briggs Land #1” On The Wednesday Run

Briggs LandIt’s no short list of comic book properties that have been optioned into films or television shows in the last few years.

Some of the monthly books that we love to read, highlighted in this very column, have made the “optioned” list: Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender and Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast (already renewed for a second season and regularly reviewed by Biff Bam Pop’s Marie Gilbert) are the first few that come to mind.

The entertainment industry is looking for new, exciting properties, and comic books are fertile grounds. It’s no big secret.

Well, today sees the release of the first issue of a new series that has already been put into production – this time from AMC.

Talk about hitting the fast track!!

Today, we get the absolutely hard-hitting and fascinating Briggs Land #1!

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The Ten Percent: The Best Man (1964)

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Promotional poster for The Best Man, 1964.

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

It’s the summer of 2016, which means it’s Convention season in the good ol’ US of A. From Cleveland, OH to Philadelphia, PA, Americans are… looking online the day afterwards to see what happened at last night’s convention. Seriously, who does these things on weeknights? No one’s got time for that. Well, here at the Ten Percent, we thought we’d get into the swing of things by talking about an incredible, thoughtful, and still relevant film called The Best Man (1964). Starring Henry Fonda as Adlai Stevenson-esque William Russell and Cliff Robertson as late-fifties/early-sixties Richard Nixon-wannabe Joe Cantwell, The Best Man takes place during the convention for a thinly disguised Democratic Party.

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Gobbledygeek: Wezzo of Tomorrow

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, AJ and Paul are joined by Wesley Mead, as the Brit teaches us Americans a thing or two. Among the topics discussed are the films World of Tomorrow and The Revenant. See and hear more after the jump.

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True Blood S07 E06: Karma

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We’re more than halfway through the final season of “True Blood,” and it seems like old times, as nothing is as it seems. Bill has somehow contracted Hep-V just as he and Sookie are getting along again. Interviews with the cast at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con reveal some interesting tidbits. Over and above folks stealing Anna Paquin’s underwear from the set and selling them online, the word is that not everyone is going to get a happy ending in this season. Could Bill be next on the death list? Check out my review of “Karma” after the jump.

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Cold War Suspicion Returns With Velvet #1 On The Wednesday Run–October 23, 2013

Ah, the cold war of the 1970’s.

It’s fertile ground for stories, isn’t it? A time when truth is probably stranger than fiction. Spies. Secret agents. Enigmatic politics. Clandestine agendas. Shadowy organizations exerting influence over an unsuspecting populace.

Our world doesn’t currently have enough comic books set during the cold war!

Truth be told, our world doesn’t currently have enough comic books being written by Ed Brubaker.

Both of those issues get rectified with today’s release of Velvet #1.

Come and celebrate with me after the jump.

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Glenn Walker On Red Dawn 1984

There’s lots of buzz about this film with the new remake in theaters. The flick is close to the heart of many people. I remember the outrage of some of my friends when they heard they were remaking this movie. Confession time, I have never seen it. Let’s find out why the original Red Dawn is such a classic together, and why “Wolverines!” is such a part of our culture, after the jump.
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The Bourne Legacy Rules – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Matt Damon may not be onboard, but audiences still responded in a huge way to the latest entry in the Bourne franchise. Meanwhile, two other new releases posted some excellent number. Here’s how the weekend went down.

As predicted, The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, did great business, grossing $40 million for its opening weekend, beating back middling reviews and the absence of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. Not only does the film’s opening number signal the continuing health of the franchise, but it also cements Jeremy Renner as a leading actor that audiences will pay money to see. I wonder how this bodes for a Hawkeye film?

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump:
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